Posts belonging to Category Random Thoughts

Book Burning in the Digital Age

So when ebooks take over the world, will protesters just get together and delete files?

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Discovery Channel

“I think the Discovery Channel should be on a different channel every day.”  -Comic Craig Sharf

Only God Can Make a Tree

“Only God can make a tree.”  (Alfred Joyce Kilmer)

That’s probably because it’s so hard to get the bark on.  🙂


Here’s the complete text of the poem:

“TREES” – by Alfred Joyce Kilmer (1886–1918)

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

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No Good at Texting

I’ve tried, but when it comes to text-messaging, I’m all thumbs!

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Spring is Almost Here

To those of you in the Northern Hemisphere: Take heart, my winter weary friends.  Spring is almost here.  It’s true.  I saw it on the calendar.

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Don’t Play with Your Food

Mother to child: “Don’t play with your food, dear.”

Child: “I’m not playing with my food. I’m eating my toys.”

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53 Percent of All Statistics

This one is for my nephew, Andrew, who is taking a statistics class in college this semester.

“Did you know that fifty-three percent of all statistics are made up on the spot?”

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PC and Mac in the Garden of Eden

Mac versus PC: In which PC and Mac get theological in their debate:

PC: PCs are way better than Macs. Remember, it was an Apple that caused all the problems to begin with back in the Garden.

Mac: True, but that’s only because Eve would never have been tempted by a PC.

(I am actually a PC guy myself, but my brother should enjoy this.)

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The Magic Dresser (A Poem for Mother’s Day)

This little ditty popped into my head the other night while walking from the kitchen to the bedroom. I don’t know where it came from, so I can’t give it back. By the time I reached the bedroom it was finished, so I recited it for my wife. She liked it, so I posted it here.

“THE MAGIC DRESSER” (A Poem for Mother’s Day) – by Ray Fowler

I have a magic dresser; it has a magic drawer.
I take my clean clothes out of it and then go back for more.
I only take things out of it; I never put them in.
But every time I open it, my clothes are clean again.
I don’t know why this happens; I’m not sure how it works.
But if I forget my wife on Mother’s Day, I must really be a jerk!

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Circular Illogic

My 13-year old showed me this the other night:

“The following statement is true / The preceding statement is false.”

(Don’t spend too much time on this one. It is really not that important.)

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Somebody Shoot the Groundhog

The last I heard, the groundhog predicted an early spring. On February 2, 2007, Punxsutawney Phil, our fine, furry, fuzzy, weather prognosticator friend failed to see his shadow and promptly declared the pending demise of old man winter. He even wrote a poem about it.

That was six weeks ago today.

Since then we have had the third coldest February on record in the contiguous United States. And now, five days away from spring, New England (where I live) gets hit with a snow storm.

Please don’t anyone really shoot the groundhog. Although I may have poked some fun at PETA with one of my very first posts, you can see from my personal profile page that I am an animal lover at heart. I’m just a little grumpy from shoveling snow. (Perhaps we could all pitch in and buy poor Phil some glasses so next time he can see his shadow okay.)

“Winter, slumbering in the open air, wears on its smiling face a dream . . . of spring.” (Phil Connors/Bill Murray, “Groundhog Day”)

Shovel Snow 1

Working hard.                    

Shovel Snow 2

Hardly working.                    

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Cherry Blossom Shower Gel

Cherry Blossom Shower Gel
So I am taking a shower this morning and my eyes happen to glance upon the label of my wife’s cherry blossom shower gel. The label proudly reads: “This finished product is not tested on animals.” My first thought was, “Then how do I know that it’s safe?”

You will be happy to know that I do not use cherry blossom shower gel, although my wife may not be happy for you to know that she does. Should future postings to this website abruptly cease, you will know that my wife discovered this post and promptly killed me.

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